Axios: Here's The Complete 'Democratic Hit List' Of Trump Investigation Targets

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive back at the White House November 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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The Democrats failed big time in their bid to take the Senate but were able to successfully wrestle the House from Republicans' hands after losing it in dramatic fashion back in 2010. So, what will the Democrats — whether led by old guard Nancy Pelosi or someone with a little less baggage — do with that much-coveted power once they take over in 2019?

Axios has helpfully provided a complete "Democratic hit list" of potential Trump investigation targets — and its remarkably, though unsurprisingly, long. The ever-growing list now includes 85 potential targets Democrats have signaled at some point over the last two years that they plan to direct their resources to investigate should they have the chance. Well, now they have the chance, so undoubtedly they are beginning the process of determining which of the following to pursue first.

The list includes those cited in a document obtained by Axios back in August that reportedly originated in a senior Republican's office and outlined a number of issues for which Republicans have been "scrambling" in preparation for Democrat-led investigations. Here's the list of 18 targets Axios' Jonathan Swan initially provided:

  1. President Trump’s tax returns
  2. Trump family businesses — and whether they comply with the Constitution's emoluments clause, including the Chinese trademark grant to the Trump Organization
  3. Trump's dealings with Russia, including the president's preparation for his meeting with Vladimir Putin
  4. The payment to Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels
  5. James Comey's firing
  6. Trump's firing of U.S. attorneys
  7. Trump's proposed transgender ban for the military
  8. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's business dealings
  9. White House staff's personal email use
  10. Cabinet secretary travel, office expenses, and other misused perks
  11. Discussion of classified information at Mar-a-Lago
  12. Jared Kushner's ethics law compliance
  13. Dismissal of members of the EPA board of scientific counselors
  14. The travel ban
  15. Family separation policy
  16. Hurricane response in Puerto Rico
  17. Election security and hacking attempts
  18. White House security clearances

The spreadsheet "catalogs more than 100 formal requests from House Democrats this Congress, spanning nearly every committee," Swan reported at the time. "The spreadsheet includes requests for administration officials to be grilled by committee staff, requests for hearings to obtain sworn testimony, efforts to seize communications about controversial policies and personnel decisions, and subpoena threats."

In a follow-up report published Monday, Axios' Zachary Basu notes that as of September the House Oversight Committee had already blocked 64 subpoena requests submitted by Democrats. He then provided a list of the 59 subpoena requests related to the Trump administration, as well as 20+ other potential targets. Below are some of the biggest of the potential targets listed by Basu, including several blocked subpoena requests (reformatted and re-ordered, see the full list here, links provided by Basu):

  1. The findings so far of the Mueller investigation, which some House Democrats believe had been obstructed by prior House Intel leaders.
  2. Trump's involvement in hush payments to women alleging affairs.
  3. The firing of Jeff Sessions and the appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting Attorney General.
  4. The White House's alleged stifling of the FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.
  5. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services Withholding Documents on Trump Administration Child Separation Policy
  6. Department of Veterans Affairs Withholding Documents Relating to Reports that Mar-a-Lago Members Influencing Department Decisions
  7. White House Withholding Documents on Revocation of John Brennan Security Clearance
  8. State Department Withholding Documents on Retaliation
  9. Director of National Intelligence Testifying Before the Oversight Committee on the extent of the Russian Threat to Our Country and Our Elections.
  10. Department of Justice Withholding Documents About Refusal to Defend the Affordable Care Act in Court
  11. White House Withholding Documents on Contractor Wanted for Attempted Murder
  12. State Department Withholding Documents on Political Loyalty Lists
  13. Steve Bannon Testifying Before the Oversight and Judiciary Committees About His Involvement with Law Enforcement Actions Before, During, and After the 2016 Election
  14. White House Withholding Documents on Use of Private Email Accounts
  15. White House Withholding Documents on Security Clearances
  16. Jared Kushner for Testimony at Emergency Hearing on Conflicts of Interest and Security Clearances
  17. Trump Organization Withholding Documents on Foreign Payments
  18. DHS Withholding Documents on Russian Attacks Against States Before Election
  19. DHS Withholding Information from IG Report on Trump Muslim Ban
  20. Kushner Withholding Emails That Violate Presidential Records Act
  21. White House Withholding Documents on Security Clearance Suspensions
  22. Transition Team and DOJ Withholding Flynn, Jr.’s Security Clearance Documents
  23. Flynn and Business Partners Withholding Documents on Middle East Nuclear Deal
  24. White House Withholding Documents on Flynn’s Foreign Contacts
  25. White House Withholding Documents on Personal Email Use by Top Aides
  26. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Withholding Documents on Emails
  27. Kushner Companies Withholding Documents on Alleged Housing Abuses

Read the full report here.

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